The First Tee Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit

The First Tee Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit is an interactive and educational event in which teen participants have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities.

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Teens explore the importance of community service

The Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit was held March 11-15, 2015 in Dallas, Texas in conjunction with The First Tee Network Meeting, a biennial conference for chapter representatives of The First Tee.

The teens attended educational workshops that covered a variety of topics including the importance of community service and volunteerism, financial literacy, social media. During the workshops, participants developed plans for leading a meaningful service project in the community as a way to apply the skills and concepts learned at the four-day summit. 

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College Scholarship Awarded

Of the 28 participants in attendance, eight are named semifinalists for The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award, presented by Shell Oil Company and receive college scholarships.

Congratulations to Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Ft. Worth and Carlo Carino from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans who were named The First Tee’s Outstanding Participants. Each received a $20,000 college scholarship from The First Tee Founding Corporate Partner Shell Oil Company. The remaining six semifinalists each received a $2,500 college scholarship, also provided by Shell Oil Company.

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Leaders and Dignitaries to Address Teens

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Annika Sorenstam  Admiral Michelle J. Howard  David Feherty

The teenagers heard from dignitaries and leaders including Admiral Michelle J. Howard, vice chief of naval operations and the first female four-star general; Carla Harris, author, motivational speaker and Morgan Stanley vice chairman; World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam; David Cook, coach, author and film-maker in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology; Roy Spence, chairman, CEO and co-founder of advertising agency GSD&M; and Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of Equal Justice Institute, and a member of The First Tee Board. 

CBS Sports and Golf Channel personality David Feherty was the emcee at The First Tee Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 14, where the eight outstanding participants where  presented with the college scholarships.